Latest by William Quick, M.D.

What Are New Standards of Diabetes Care?

The American Diabetes Association has addressed some new issues, including e-cigarettes and the need to take breaks from sitting too much.

Calories Don't Count

We have found that with careful eating, it is possible to eat entire (tasty) meals without consuming a single calorie! The following is a list of advice that is a composite of many such lists to be found on the Internet. UNEVEN EDGES ~ Pies and cakes ...

The High Cost of Diabetes

I recently received the following question: I have type 2 diabetes, I’m on Medicare, and I take 80 units of insulin daily. Currently, I am taking Lantus [insulin glargine] and I need 10 pens per month. My current provider says that the insulin cost i...

A Suspicious Webinar About Diabetes

A friend who is living with diabetes recently forwarded me an invitation to listen to a webinar (internet seminar) titled, “Reversing Diabetes types 1.5, 2 and 3.” I was intrigued enough by the title to sign up to participate. “Reversing diabetes” is...

The Latest "Me-Too" Insulin Product

The manufacturer of a very popular insulin product, Lantus (insulin glargine), has a problem.The drug, which had 5.72 billion euros ($7.7 billion) in sales last year, loses patent protection soon. Typically, when a drug goes off-patent, profits plumm...

Glucose-Responsive Insulin Could Be The Future Of Insulin

This past week, a press release announced positive results from a mouse-research study of a new insulin one that adapts to the ambient blood glucose level (BGL) to keep the BGL stable. The press release calls this new insulin “Glucose-Responsive Insu...

Does Diabetes Increase Hepatitis Risk?

Dr. Bill Quick assesses the risk a person living with diabetes has of developing viral hepatitis.

Splitting Insulin Glargine Doses

I’ve been asked (again) about optimizing how to give the dose of Lantus (insulin glargine), so I decided I’ll share my thoughts on-line. First, a disclaimer: (1) I previously worked for Aventis and later Sanofi-Aventis, the manufacturer of Lantus, in ...

Diabetes Q&A: Diet, Insulin Types and Pumps, and Continuous Glucose Monitors (CGM)

Dr. Bill Quick’s series of diabetes related Q&A continues here with seven more questions. 1.) My doctor has given me the opportunity to use diet management before he prescribes medication to treat my diabetes I have six weeks to lose 5-10 pounds. ...

Diabetes and the Thyroid Gland

Problems with the thyroid gland can make it more difficult to manage your diabetes. Here’s how the conditions are connected.